A newly engaged Alex McKinnon has been moved to a Sydney hospital from Melbourne as he continues to recover from spinal surgery.

Alex McKinnon has been moved to a Sydney hospital from Melbourne as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery.

The Newcastle Knights released a statement on Monday that McKinnon was still in a stable condition.

“The club again requests Alex and his family’s privacy is respected at this time,” the statement concluded.

The news comes after McKinnon announced his engagement to partner Teigan Power on Sunday night.

“This girl is my soldier, I am truly overwhelmed with the support and wishes from everybody in the rugby league society and the community at large,” McKinnon wrote on social networking site Instagram.

“Your ongoing support will never be forgotten. P.S when life throws you struggles respond with a smile. So happy to announce Teigan and my engagement.”

McKinnon was brought out of an induced coma two weeks ago following surgery for damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae and has been conscious since.

Newcastle play North Queensland in Townsville on Monday night, their second match since McKinnnon was injured in the round three match with Melbourne at AAMI Park.

Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner praised his junior representative teammate for the way he was dealing with his injury.

“Just to see him getting on with his life is really positive,” Cordner said on Monday.

“It goes to show what sort of bloke he is.

“He has every right to feel sorry for himself but he wants to get on with his life and I wish him all the best.

“If anyone could get through that, it would be Alex.

“I’m just hoping he can walk again and do everything normally again.

“Hopefully I can get to see him soon.”